Thursday, 31 January 2019

Memories Journal

A journal with a very simple cover, where purely by chance the word MEMORIES is spelled out just in the right place on the front of the book.
I made the base from a Nescafe Mocha box, covered with patterned paper, inked around the edges, glued on the label, then sealed with Mod Podge.
The pages (I use 100gsm photo paper, slightly thicker than basic printer paper) were cut to size then coffee dyed, stamped, folded into signatures and stitched into the spine.  I used the very basic 3-hole pamphlet stitch with the knot hidden in envelopes in the centre of each signature.
Then added the final touches of hessian trim on the spine, metal book corners and a library-style pocket on the inside cover.

Paper - Kaisercraft Antique Essentials collection, kraft for the label and inside pocket
Dies - Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three, Sizzix Tim Holtz Labels
Stamp - no-name from cheap shop (Reject Shop I think?)
Ink - Ranger Coffee Archival Ink for inking cover, Memento Toffee Crunch for stamping pages
Adhesives - CraftersChoice tacky craft glue, Ranger Glossy Accents for metal corner, Plaid Mod Podge Matte

  Double D Challenge - Looking back in time

Thanks for looking, comments welcome.



  1. Fabulous journal! Love the coffee dyed pages...great idea. Great vintage look for sharing memories. Thanks for joining the Double D, "Looking Back in Time" Challenge.

  2. WOW what an awesome journal ... great idea! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Looking Back in Time’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

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  3. Signatures are one of my all-time favorites. Love the coffee stained pages and the fact that you used heavier paper make this book a hit. Thanks for joining the challenge at Mini Album Makers.

  4. What a wonderful way to recycle a box Jenny! I love your coffee dyed pages and the frame around 'memories' is beautiful. The hessian binding makes your book look so tactile! Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at Mini Album Makers. Anne xx

  5. Beautiful vintage! The binding is wonderful! Thank you for sharing with us on Mini Album Makers!

  6. This looks like a lot of work but so fabulous looking. Love the coffe stain pages and the vintage look. So glad that you joined in the fun at Double D "Looking Back in Time Challenge". Hope to see you again.
    Barbara DT member

  7. What a great way to recycle, I love it!! This is lovely. It looks like a lot of work to make, but totally worth it. Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I hope you'll join us again soon.

  8. Such a clever way to make an album and upcycle this box. The theme is right up my alley! Yum! We are so happy that you shared with us at Mini Album Makers. Hugs, Autumn